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Officer Spotlight

July 17, 2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous

Officer Spotlight

Melony Ramsey

RamZs Emporium

In 1988, Ram-Z Exchange opened the doors on Elmwood Avenue. By 2007, we had outgrown that location so everything was moved, doubling the space. The name was changed to RamZs Emporium, “Where you’ll find things you didn’t know you needed but now you desperate
ly want.”

New things arrive daily, some that you would never expect to see in Lafayette. At RamZs, you’ll find a large selection of jewelry, coins, antiques, collectibles, guitars, electronics and firearms. Some services we provide are repairing jewelry, custom designing jewelry, notary assistance and giving loans for anything from emergencies to vacations. Tip: If you are always honest and caring, your customers will return and tell others to visit also.

When we had our ribbon cutting ceremony and a month later, won the Small Business of the Month award, I realized that I was so out-of-the-loop! I didn’t know the people who attended either event. So when someone told me about an organization of women business owners, I visited a meeting. It was then that I realized how isolated I was, glued to the business and starving for a connection with other women in business. I quickly joined the Association of Business Women Owners (AWBO), and have been on the board since then.

I put AWBO in my schedule, make it a priority, and try not to miss a single meeting. Each one brings new information that I can use in everyday situations. If you haven’t been to AWBO, visit soon. I hope you will want to be a part of the only local organization meeting the needs of business owners.

Melony Ramsey

RamZs Emporium

205 Farabee Drive North

Lafayette, IN 47905

Member Testimony
By Kathie York, Kathie York Proofreading, LLC

In April, 2016, Ron and I rounded the last corner and made our way to the exit of the Business Expo. And there it was … the booth for the Association of Women Business Owners. Although many exhibitors were gone or had their packing boxes stacked and ready, there was Melony Ramsey and team: still talking with people and handing out info. Says a lot, doesn’t it?

Within 24 hours, I was an AWBO member.

Like many of you, I was a bit leery of AWBO at first. I’d been involved with several “women’s business groups” that weren’t about business. I was greatly encouraged when I discovered AWBO’s speaker roster is first-rate, our meetings are worth my time because I learn something each month, and the members are dedicated to the cause of furthering their own companies and mine.

The relationship-building I find with AWBO is exactly what my business and budget need.

A note to the AWBO Board of Directors: I love your new idea of the business card “hat,” randomly matching us with another person to set up a one-to-one outside the main meeting. Priceless! Great ice breaker. Thanks for all your time on our behalf.

Kathie York, Chief Gaffe Eradicator

Kathie York Proofreading


What's Happening In Your Business?

AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter.

Submissions are due in finished form (a/k/a written concisely) to kimberlyringler@gmail.com by the 20th of every monthYou must include the words "AWBO" in the subject line.

Want to advertise a general product special or news item of your choice? AWBO members are welcome to distribute tabletop fliers at our monthly meetings and/or register for an upcoming 3-minute spotlight. 

Please note: We reserve the right to edit or limit any form of marketing in keeping with the integrity of our membership and our meetings. AWBO does not share, or allow the use of its email distribution list for non-AWBO sponsored events. 

Join Us:                  
AWBO meets at Noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the MCL Restaurant 
& Bakery in
West Lafayette. 
(Excluding June)
Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.

Arrive at 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.

AWBO Board

Melony Ramsey
President Elect 
Deb Plue
Vice-Presidents Programs 
Joanna Retherford
Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass
Vice-Presidents Membership
Linda Berryman
Isabel Hogue
Vice-Presidents Hospitality 
Anna Kennedy
Debbie McGregor
Kathy Selvey
Shirley Pence
Amanda Snider
Jenna Isch
Special Events
Holiday Auction
Melony Ramsey
Summer Social
Deb Plue

Contact Us:  
Share Program Ideas or volunteer for a 
3-Minute Spotlight to showcase your business 
*Limit 2 per meeting*
Joanna Retherford
Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass 
-------------------Membership and Renewal
Membership renewals for the 2016-2017 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman or Isabel Hogue.
The AWBO Newsletter is published monthly. All submissions are in paragraph form via email by the 25th of the month to:kimberlyringler@gmail.com 
You must include "AWBO" in the subject line.

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